The ominous news comes as intelligence experts from Seoul and the U.S. speculated that North Korea has been preparing for its third nuclear test. But this announcement came with an explicit warning:
Thursday was the clearest sign yet of its intentions, and it came with an unusually explicit focus on the United States, which it described as “the sworn enemy of the Korean people.” The North, in raising the prospect of another nuclear test, did not say when it might be carried out.
The North added that it would retaliate against the United States with “force, not with words, as it regards jungle law as the rule of its survival.” As part of this show of force, the North also pledged to launch a series of long-range rockets, similar to the one it sent into orbit last month, which prompted the toughened U.N. Security Council sanctions.
Officials say that an underground nuclear test would not directly threaten the United States, but it might raise stakes for the Obama administration, which has failed to curtail the North’s weapons program despite a series of sanctions and short-lived attempts at dialogue.
Scary! Sending good vibes to our Commander-in-Chief so that he can handle a situation should it arise.